Tabby Ruins

The coastline from North Florida to South Carolina is scattered with historic ruins built of tabby, a concrete made of oyster shells. Originally covered with stucco, most of these ruins are now exposed oyster concrete. I hope to visit all these ruins.
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The tabby fort and town of Frederica was established in 1736 to protect the Georgia colony from the Spanish. It burned in 1758. It is now a national monument in St. Simons Island, GA. (http://www.nps.gov/fofr/index.htm)

Fort Frederica – Frederica is a story of dreams, struggle, victory, and defeat. Established in the fort guarded Georgia’s southern frontier.

The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick, GA, includes the tabby foundations of a rice mill. (Photo by Brian Brown, Vanishing Coastal Georgia). The plantation is now a state park (http://www.gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfield).

The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick, GA, includes the tabby foundations of a rice mill. (Photo by Brian Brown, Vanishing Coastal Georgia). The plantation is now a state park (http://www.gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfield).

Originally constructed in 1724, St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Beaufort, SC, and many of its gravesites are surrounded by tabby walls. (Photo by Cheryl Warren)

Originally constructed in St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Beaufort, SC, and many of its gravesites are surrounded by tabby walls. (Photo by Cheryl Warren)

The Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve is located on the grounds of the Naval Hospital in Port Royal, SC. Dating from 1734, the fort is one of the earliest British tabby constructions. The preserve is currently closed so that the tabby ruins can be stabilized. (Photo from Beaufort County Library)

Beaufort County has the largest number of tabby ruins in the United States! Here is a brief history of tabby construction and a list of tabby ruins in Beaufort County.

Cannon's Point Preserve in St. Simons Island, GA, contains several tabby ruins. (Photo by Bill Hill) This nature preserve is maintained by the St. Simons Land Trust (http://www.sslt.org/pro_cpp_visit.php).

Cannon's Point Preserve in St. Simons Island, GA, contains several tabby ruins. (Photo by Bill Hill) This nature preserve is maintained by the St. Simons Land Trust (http://www.sslt.org/pro_cpp_visit.php).

Riverside Plantation Ruins in St. Helena, SC  http://www.tabbyruins.com/blog/riverside-plantation-tabby-ruin

Riverside Plantation Ruins in St. Helena, SC http://www.tabbyruins.com/blog/riverside-plantation-tabby-ruin

During the 1880s the Carnegie family built their Dungeness mansion on the foundations of an old tabby house. The ruins can be seen on the Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia, accessible by ferry. (http://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm)

Dungeness ruins (Carnegie Mansion), Cumberland Island, Georgia - you can find fossilized shark teeth here!

Constructed in 1757, Fort Dorchester was a brick magazine enclosed by tabby walls. (Photo by Bill Hill). It is now a state park in Summerville, SC (http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/colonialdorchester/introduction.aspx).

Constructed in 1757, Fort Dorchester was a brick magazine enclosed by tabby walls. (Photo by Bill Hill). It is now a state park in Summerville, SC (http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/colonialdorchester/introduction.aspx).

Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, SC. This ruin is more brick than tabby, but it is an attractive site popular for weddings. (Photo by Cheryl Warren)

Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, SC. This ruin is more brick than tabby, but it is an attractive site popular for weddings. (Photo by Cheryl Warren)

Stoney-Baynard Ruins in Hilton Head Island, SC. The remnants of a tabby plantation house, two slave cabins, and kitchen chimney constructed about 1790 are located in Baynard Park in Sea Pines Plantation, which costs $6 to enter. (Photo by Cheryl Warren)

Stoney-Baynard Ruins in Hilton Head Island, SC. The remnants of a tabby plantation house, two slave cabins, and kitchen chimney constructed about 1790 are located in Baynard Park in Sea Pines Plantation, which costs $6 to enter. (Photo by Cheryl Warren)

Built in 1740, Chapel Of Ease on St. Helena's Island, SC, is a rare example of a tabby church.

See 14 photos and 3 tips from 62 visitors to Chapel Of Ease Ruins. "Built in circa The Chapel of Ease was built for planters and their families.

Tabby slave cabin ruins are located in the private Haig Point district on Daufuskie Island, SC, which can only be accessed by ferry.

Tabby slave cabin ruins are located in the private Haig Point district on Daufuskie Island, SC, which can only be accessed by ferry.

Although there are several tabby ruins on Edisto Island, SC, the only ones open to the public are found on Botany Bay Plantation. (Photo by Charlotte Hutson Wrenn) Botany Bay is a state preserve (https://www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands/managedland?p_id=57).

Tabby! She’s no Alley Cat

Although there are several tabby ruins on Edisto Island, SC, the only ones open to the public are found on Botany Bay Plantation. (Photo by Charlotte Hutson Wrenn) Botany Bay is a state preserve (https://www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands/managedland?p_id=57).

Slaves built these tabby cabins at Kingsley Plantation during the 1820s. The plantation is located on Fort George Island in the Timucuan Preserve in Jacksonville, FL, and is now a national park  (http://www.nps.gov/foca/learn/historyculture/kp.htm). (Photo by Kim Kleckner)

Slaves built these tabby cabins at Kingsley Plantation during the 1820s. The plantation is located on Fort George Island in the Timucuan Preserve in Jacksonville, FL, and is now a national park (http://www.nps.gov/foca/learn/historyculture/kp.htm). (Photo by Kim Kleckner)

Hollybourne Cottage, located in the historic district on Jekyll Island, GA,  was built in 1890 with tabby. It is currently being restored. (Photo by Barbara Stevenson)

Hollybourne Cottage, located in the historic district on Jekyll Island, GA, was built in 1890 with tabby. It is currently being restored. (Photo by Barbara Stevenson)

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